3/27/2015 | Contract status last thing on Zimmermann's mind
Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is prepared to enter the 2015 season pitching in the final year of his contract. He has said he doesn't want to talk about his contract once the season starts, and he reiterated that point after the game.
3/27/2015 | Storen passes test in return from hand surgery
Nationals closer Drew Storen entered Friday's 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the seventh inning, making his first appearance in a Grapefruit League game since he had a minor surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. Naturally, the first batter Storen faced, second baseman Kolten Wong, hit a grounder to first base that forced the right-hander to cover first base and test out his left hand.
3/27/2015 | Zimmerman exits after diving stop at first
Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman left Friday's 1-1 tie with the Cardinals in the third inning after making a diving stop in the first inning. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman "banged himself pretty good" while ranging to his left on a grounder hit by Randal Grichuk. Taking Zimmerman out of the game was strictly precautionary, according to Williams.
3/27/2015 | Zimmermann finds midseason form over six
Backing up much of the hype surrounding their pitching staff, the Nationals have continued to turn in stellar outing after stellar outing this spring. The latest came on Friday courtesy of right-hander Jordan Zimmmermann, who is on pace to be the team's No. 2 starter this season. Zimmermann surrendered one run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings during a 1-1 tie with a split Cardinals squad. Zimmermann saw his Grapefruit League ERA rise incrementally to 1.37.
3/27/2015 | Rendon tries lateral jogging; Span progressing
Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon did some light jogging in right field early Friday morning, with an emphasis on lateral movement to test his sprained left knee.
3/27/2015 | With sharper vision, Uggla has case to make Nats
After correcting an issue with his eyes in the offseason, Dan Uggla is tracking the ball better this spring. Entering Friday's game against the Cardinals, Uggla had more hits (10) and walks (7) than strikeouts (5) and was batting .323/.462/.581 overall. Yes, it is Spring Training and the sample size is small, but the Nationals are impressed with what they have seen from Uggla this month.
3/27/2015 | Nationals reassign six to Triple-A Syracuse
Prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals, the Nationals announced that they had reassigned six players to Minor League camp: Cutter Dykstra, Emanuel Burriss,Steven Lerud, Kila Ka'aihue, Derrick Robinson and Manny Delcarmen.
3/26/2015 | Gio grooves on success in start against Mets
Gio Gonzalez fired five shutout innings with as many strikeouts in a stellar spring outing as the Nationals dropped an 8-3 decision to the Mets on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.
3/26/2015 | Harper misses 2nd straight game with flu bug
Bryce Harper arrived at Space Coast Stadium initially on Thursday afternoon expecting to play against the Mets. After taking some light swings in the batting cages, however, the outfielder did not feel good and the Nationals sent him home.
3/26/2015 | Bryan Harper happy to rub elbows with Nats
Bryan Harper, younger brother of Bryce, was up from the Minor League camp for the day to practice with the Nationals. Bryan was listed as one of the team's emergency pitchers for Thursday's game, although he was just happy to get a chance to spend the day in big league camp.
3/25/2015 | Stewart playing his way into valuable role
If Anthony Rendon is not ready for Opening Day on April 6 against the Mets, Ian Stewart will be considered a candidate to start at third base for the Nationals.
3/25/2015 | Scherzer able to work out of jam in dominant start
Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was dominating in a 1-0 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon. Scherzer pitched six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out nine. The only time he was in trouble was in the fifth inning. After Yadier Molina singled with one out and Jon Jay followed with a double, Scherzer struck out Kolten Wong and Michael Wacha to end the threat.
3/25/2015 | Nationals equipped to survive early injury test
The Washington Nationals don't have to get it right in April or even May. That's a handy reminder on a week like this one. OK, so maybe the Nationals won't open the 2015 season with the team they'd drawn up on paper. No big deal there. At least, it's no big deal at this point.
3/25/2015 | Scherzer piles up K's before Nationals edged late
Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha and Nationals Opening Day starter Max Scherzer were engaged in a terrific pitchers' duel to start Wednesday's matchup at Roger Dean Stadium, before the Cards broke through in the eighth inning for a 1-0 victory.
3/25/2015 | Knee sprain hurting Rendon's chances for opener
There is a possibility that Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon may not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Matt Williams.
3/25/2015 | Zimmerman remains driven in 10th season with Nats
Now in his 10th full season with the Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman, 30, said he is still having fun after a decade with the organization. He is one of few links to 2005, the franchise's first year in Washington after relocating from Montreal.
3/24/2015 | Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire
Heath Bell, a three-time All-Star with the Padres in 2009-11, is bowing out after an 11-season career. The reason, Bell said, was pretty simple. "My kids wanted me home," said Bell, 37.
3/24/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Nats' system has had best five-year run
The Nationals' farm system has had a fabulous five-year run, not to mention an impressive display of trading acumen by general manager Mike Rizzo. It already has resulted in two division titles and has helped make the Nationals one of the current favorites to win this year's World Series.
3/23/2015 | 10 MLB players, one fantasy mock draft
Here at MLB.com, we have plenty of fantasy baseball expertise. But no one can dispute that the Major League players whom we analyze have their own level of knowledge. Knowing this, we decided to solicit advice from them about how to build the perfect fantasy team. The result is the first ever -- that we know of -- players-only fantasy mock draft.
3/23/2015 | Nats release reliever Bell among roster moves
After beating the Yankees, 7-6, on Monday afternoon, the Nationals released reliever Heath Bell. According to Bell, the Nationals told him they didn't have a roster spot for him.
3/23/2015 | Prospect Ward gets brief taste of big leagues
Third baseman Drew Ward, the eighth-ranked prospect in the Nationals' organization according to MLB.com, received quite the shock when he was told Sunday that he was leaving the Minor League side for a day to play with the big league team on Monday. Ward went 1-for-2 with an infield single in a 7-6 victory over the Yankees.
3/23/2015 | Escobar notches hit, flashes leather in spring debut
Yunel Escobar played his first game of the spring on Monday, and the second baseman showed that he is over his Grade 1 oblique strain in the Nationals' 7-6 victory over the Yankees.
3/23/2015 | Fister does part on hill, with lumber vs. Yankees
The Nationals scored three runs in the seventh inning off Kyle Davies to edge the Yankees, 7-6, at Space Coast Stadium on Monday afternoon. Doug Fister started the game and pitched into the fifth inning while contributing to a four-run fourth with a two-run single.
3/23/2015 | Scherzer gets Nationals' Opening Day nod
Nationals manager Matt Williams announced on Monday that right-hander Max Scherzer will be the team's Opening Day starter on April 6 against the Mets at Nationals Park. It will be Scherzer's first Opening Day start of his career.
3/22/2015 | Williams doesn't feel Nats need to make deal
With injuries to several key players, is it time for the Nationals to make a trade before Opening Day? Manager Matt Williams believes the answer is no because he expects third baseman Anthony Rendon and second baseman Yunel Escobar to be ready for Opening Day.
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